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Review: Eyes of the Living - War on Dead - More Dead
Eyes of the Living
War on Dead - More Dead

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Duration: 1:01:45
Tracks: 15
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: March 13, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Eyes of the Living is a relatively new band (formed in 2016) though the musicians have all been around the metal scene since the early '90s. They play an East Coast style of thrash on their debut War on Dead—More Dead. The songs are plenty melodic, but the vocals are an angry shout that has a streak of hardcore along with a little Texas (a la Pantera) flavor. Lyrically, the songs on War on Dead—More Dead deal with horror film and comic-influenced topics and their interludes ("Aftermath", "They Got Rick") are well placed in the overall flow of the album. This isn't really my cup of tea as the vocals blend together after a few songs, but the lead work is well done and the playing is tight, as you might expect from experienced musicians. My favorite cut has to be "Dawn", which seems to be a bonus track on the version of the album the band sent me (the—More Dead version as Metal-Archives just lists War on Dead without "Dawn"). Acoustic guitars and moody, clean singing dominate, giving way to the riffs and shouts of the rest of the album just long enough to get to the solo, then things switch back before the track fades into the John Carpenter-inspired instrumental outro. This song has an early Alice in Chains vibe that I really liked after the steamroller that is the rest of the album. If you dig thrash that isn't Bay Area and has hints of hardcore, Eyes of the Living has you covered.

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